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Crashes block traffic in Allegheny County

| Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012

Two people were injured this afternoon when a vehicle crashed into a utility pole along Saw Mill Run Boulevard, closing off the inbound lanes of the heavily traveled highway -- also known as Route 51 -- for the rush hour.

They were taken to UPMC Mercy hospital in critical condition following the crash that occurred at 4:08 p.m. near Edgebrook Avenue on the border of Brookline and Bon Air.

The roadway remained closed five hours later as city accident reconstruction specialists tried to determine what caused the crash and Duquesne Light Co. crews worked to replace the pole.

Traffic also was blocked in a motor vehicle crash along Ohio River Boulevard near the border between Osborne and Glenfield, Allegheny County dispatchers said.

The crash occurred at 7:44 p.m., blocking traffic between the Interstate 79 interchange and River Road, dispatchers said. There were reports of injuries, but no immediate indication that anyone was taken to the hospital.

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